Stay on Track this Semester–Balancing Work and School

Balancing Work and School CCUIf you attend Colorado Christian University or some of other college or university, you may be struggling with balancing work and school and wondering how best to manage your time. Creating a schedule and sticking to it will help you succeed at balancing work and school and will result in a less stressful school and work experience.

For many students, the advantages of balancing work and college outweigh the stress and sacrifice that may come with keeping a tight schedule and tighter budget. Apart from earning money to lower your potential student loan debt, you’ll learn what it takes to balance school with a full or part-time job. If you’re lucky enough to find a job that is tied to your degree program, you could get a leg up on the rest of your class once you graduate because you’ll have more experience in your chosen field. If you are not working while you’re taking classes, you can still work on preparing yourself for balancing work and school should you decide to continue on to an advanced degree after finding employment.

If you do work while attending CCU, make sure the reason you’re in college doesn’t fall by the wayside because you’re not able to devote time to your studies. Take control of your schedule and factor in that study time so you’re not panicking when finals come around. By going to class regularly and getting to know your instructors, they’ll get to know you. When the time comes that you need a deadline extension or assistance with a school project, your instructors will know your situation and will be happy to offer help.

Tips for Adult Students Working Full or Part-Time

Be organized. Keep your school materials organized and in one place. Mark upcoming deadlines on your calendar and start school projects early to allow sufficient time to complete them in case other things come up in the meantime. If you’re taking several courses at once, don’t spend all of your time on one course while neglecting the coursework of others.

Create a flexible schedule. Some parts of your schedule are going to be inflexible, such as class times and work days. Fit homework and studying in when you’re either not in class or not at the office. Build a routine that you can stick to but that you can adjust as necessary. As a working student, you have to be ready to adapt to new assignments, unexpected errands, and sudden work problems that need to be addressed immediately.

Communicate your schedule to your employers, friends, clients and family. Make sure the people around you know where you’ll be and when.  Not everyone you work with will understand the demands of being a student and, not all of your classmates will understand the additional responsibilities of working while going to college.

Manage stress. You’re going to get stressed out–that’s an inevitable part of being a student and an employee. Learn coping mechanisms and minimize your stress level by staying organized and on top of your work and school projects. Nothing makes stress worse than being unprepared at school and work.

Remember why you’re balancing work and school.  By taking on work and school at the same time, you’re accepting a challenge that most people don’t even want to attempt. But, you wouldn’t be doing it if you didn’t have strong reasons and motivation. Whether it’s the desire to pay your way through school and remain debt-free, or because you want to get ahead in your career (or change careers altogether),  keep your goals in mind whenever you start to feel like giving up.

If you have questions about adult degree programs, please contact the CCU admissions office today. An enrollment counselor can help.

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